Konnichiwa! My name is Mitsue Hamano. I have been teaching Japanese at UST since it opened 5 years ago. I studied Japanese education at university and taught in Mongolia as JICA member for 2 years. After that, I taught foreign students at a Japanese elementary school, junior high school and high school and at a non profit Japanese language school.
This year, the UST Japanese class will be divided into 3 levels. I know my students rarely use Japanese at home or with friends so I hope to help them master basic Japanese skills in my class.
I am Mitsue who taught Japanese to non-native students last year.
As Ms. Natasha informed you by email, our Japanese class made changes this year.
The Japanese class this year has 3 levels and not 2 levels.
They are called J1, J2 and J3.
For J2 and J3, I divided the students based on the placement test results. The test was done on Aug. 28 and 29.
The result of the mid-term and final exams were not taken into consideration for the placement of the students.
Also the new students who started learning Japanese this year did not take the placement test and they are in J3 automatically.
The difference between J2 and J3 are as follows:
J3 class is for beginner students who do not yet have any Japanese writing or speaking skills.
J2 class is for students who have a certain degree of vocabulary and grammar knowledge.
I will teach J2 students mainly by utilizing and expanding the grammar they have learned in the past years.
I will limit the use of English as a medium language.
The students have already started to learn Japanese in their new classes.
Your children know which class they belong to.
I don't write on weebly about homework. The students use and write own homework notebook.
Thank your for your corporation.